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March 06, 2013

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chris

Why would BNSF waste time & money trying to convert piston driven diesel/electrics to hybrid natural gas(90%)/diesel(10%) rather than 100% natural gas powered gas turbines driving the same electric generators that are currently in modern locomotives???
Other than they still need that <60,000lbm (pound mass) of an engine for
traction ballast?? Maintenance costs are lower, operating costs are lower for a gas turbine vs a stationary diesel.

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